Eddy walked cautiously through the dark hallway with his Lantern in his hand. He wanted to find the room where Karen was being held. He was worried for her and he prayed that she was okay. There were no guards patrolling the hallway that night and Eddy breathed a sigh of relief. “Phew! Thank you, Lord!” he whispered.
He then heard the sound of crying coming from a cell. Eddy walked up to the stone door and peered through the stone bars. A little man was lying on the cold floor sobbing hard. Eddy couldn’t stand to see a fellow Small Faith Person suffer so much. He desired to try and encourage him.
“What’s the matter, friend?” he asked kindly.
The sniffling prisoner turned his head up and looked through the bars of the door. The guy who just talked to him, he looked like…no, it couldn’t possibly be!
Eddy quickly knew who the crying Small Faith Person was. “William? Is that you?”
Billy walked up to the door and looked closely at the visitor. “I must be losing my mind,” he mumbled, not believing what he was seeing. “Edward Matthews, is it really you? I heard you were killed by the Natives of Doubt.”
Eddy smiled. “It truly is me, Billy. The Good King preserved me from them.”
Billy was so happy to see an old friend that he reached out his hand to him through the bars. Eddy held his hand tightly and shed tears of joy. He and Billy had been friends for a few years before the attack on their home. It was good to be reunited again.
“You must tell me how the Good King delivered you from our enemies,” said Billy. “That must have been miraculous.”
“When we are all out of this mountain, I will tell you everything.” Eddy promised. Then he remembered the scroll that the angel gave him. He dug into the pocket of his pants and pulled it out. “Billy, this is for you. An angel from Heaven told me to give it to you when I see you.”
Billy took the scroll and started to read it. The words were promises from the Holy Word on being strong in the faith and not giving up. Billy hugged the scroll to his heart. “Thank you, Eddy,” he said to his friend. Then he lifted up his head. “Thank you, Your Majesty.”
Eddy wanted to stay longer with Billy but when he heard footsteps approaching he told him that he would see him again and then quickly left. Billy hid the scroll in his cell and waited to see who was coming.
The stone door slowly opened and Much Cruel along with two guards walked into the cell. He came up to Billy and said authoritatively, “Well, puny insect, are you going to be respectful now and do your work without rebelling?”
The little man now felt new courage after reading the words from the scroll. He stood up straight and tall and answered, “Yes, I will do my best, chief.”
Much Cruel was delighted. “Excellent. I will free you from your solitary confinement in the morning so you can start your servitude.”
When the chief and the guards left, Billy got the scroll out from the hiding place and read the words again. Then he put the scroll in the pocket of his shirt and went to sleep. He had a few hours to rest before he would join the other slaves again.
To Be Continued